KUALA LUMPUR – Some one thousand units of People’s Housing Programme (PPR) will be built in Taman Harmoni, Sandakan while another 830 units will be built in Kampung Bubul Ria, Semporna to relocate residents of water villages under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the relocation involved residents from five water villages in Sandakan and nine in Semporna.
He said as at July 31, 2017, 640 families had moved to phase 1 of Taman Harmoni PPR and the remaining houses will be fully occupied by year end.
“For Bubul Ria PPR in Semporna, the process of relocating residents from the villages has not begun. They will be offered PPR houses by end of the year,” he said when replying to a question by Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy (DAP-Kota Kinabalu) on efforts to relocate squatters including those on the coast of eastern Sabah to reduce the problems of rubbish, crime and terrorist activities.
The relocation of all water village residents started following the intrusion by Sulu terrorists in 2013.
According to Shahidan, ESSCom with the cooperation of Sandakan Municipal Council and the Semporna District Office had implemented two pioneer projects despite facing the challenges of transformation on 82,694 squatters in the water villages there.
He said each old unit vacated would be demolished the moment the occupants moved out.
“After the residents moved in, ESSCom will launch programmes to create awareness on health, social-economic development, fire prevention and a harmonious environment,” he said. – BERNAMA